Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the best films ever made. Almost 50 years after its release, it remains a topic of heated discussion and great reverence. It's one of those films you could only dream to own a part of. But now you can.
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For eons, humankind has looked up to the sky and wondered if it was alone. While we still haven't answered that question just yet, fiction has stepped in to show us what that moment of first contact might look like. Sometimes it has led to a golden age of human space exploration. Sometimes, it brings on death, destruction, and basketball games. But either way, the visitor from another world story is one that humanity never tires of telling itself. Here are the five most successful and the five most hostile first contacts with aliens in fiction.
The crowd cheered in California this morning, when Apple announced HomePod, a new smart speaker armed with Siri, the company's virtual assistant. Minutes later, an image of the product appeared on Apple's website and, well, holy crap, it looks just like HAL 9000! Is Apple screwing with us?
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of the most interesting toys we've seen this week. It's a Guardians of the Galaxy blowout as we have life-sized Groots, creepy plush Groots and a fancy cassette player. But wait, there's more -- including a very swanky David Bowie figure and a very large Iron Man. Check it out!
Video: Before he started busting myths, Adam Savage worked in the special effects industry building props and models for films. His love of iconic film artefacts is reflected in some of the recent builds he's shared online, but it's also fun to just watch him geek out over Peter Jackson's amazing film prop collection.
Video: Here's an excellent re-imagination of two of the most famous depictions of artificial intelligence in film, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her. Tillmann Ohm stitched together the actual dialogue from the films to construct a new conversation between the two. It flows rather well.
Imagining the future is a huge challenge -- few people saw smartphones and DNA-based medicine coming. But if you want proof that "futuristic" science fiction is always about the present, just look at the obsolete devices people think will still be around. Here are 12 future visions that include tech we've already abandoned.
Mother of god that's cool-looking. If it weren't for the damn DMCA I'd love to watch the whole movie like this -- Kubrick's expert use of colour be damned. But wait, let's talk for a second about this video's creator, because he's only been uploading Deep Dream videos for a week and he's already made some real gems.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Folio Society's special editions. They have been creating some fantastic books, particularly in the science fiction world. After tackling Frank Herbert's Dune, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle and Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, they have set their sights on a new classic: Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
There's a good reason Stanley Kubrick chose actor Keir Dullea to play astronaut Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The actor obviously delivered a brilliant performance, but there was also something a bit unsettling about him, just like the film, and this one-sixth scale Keir Dullea figure from Executive Replicas. Even HAL comes across less creepy than those glaring eyes do.
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time. Transcending the very genre it helped to modernise, it would be an act of desecration for any other person to re-cut Kubrick's masterpiece. Well, hey would you look at that, guess what Steven Soderbergh just did?
What's most notable about Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is that the epic science fiction adventure was made using old-school practical special effects, well before computer graphics became a staple of the film industry. So when someone like Taschen releases a four-volume book set detailing the film's production, you just know it will be chock full of wonderful behind-the-scenes images -- not just screenshots of 3D software.